Business Management

This assessment task requires that you synthesis the understanding of organizational culture and leadership with your theoretical and practical knowledge of Organizational Behavior in Australian organizations. The focus of this activity is to determine how the practice of Organizational Behavior must be redesigned and realigned in multi-ethnic/multicultural contexts to ensure cultural appropriateness and to achieve organizational effectiveness.

Scenario:
Australia has one of the world’s most culturally diverse work forces. Managing different cultural work groups has ongoing implications on the success of the organization. However, cultural differences leading to conflicts caused by ineffective communication and increasing moral and ethical degradation at workplaces continue to be issues of growing concern. Furthermore, as the workforce becomes more diverse and multi-generational, labor power may force improvement in the employment relationship and call for different kinds of leaderships. Recently, exploratory studies conducted in Australia have examined the blend of leadership styles/behavior that different cultural work groups preferred their managers to exhibit.

Using both literature and publicly available data:

1. Identify and critically analyze and discuss the communication challenges that a leader would expect to encounter in relation to the cultural diversity of many Australian organizations.

2. Critically discuss how leaders can address the ethical issues related to the cultural diversity in many Australian organizations.

3. Identify, synthesis and critically discuss an optimal mix of leadership styles/behaviors which would be aligned with managing culturally diverse workplaces; these should be sufficiently flexible, and able to be appropriately adopted in Australian organizations.

The purpose of the assignment is to build up a specific understanding of managing a multicultural workforce and behavioral practices. This is a multi-strand knowledge gathering research that focuses on critical strategic issues in leadership and employee behavior.

This assessment assesses the following subject learning objectives:

-be able to critically examine assumptions and propositions of theorizing about organizational behavior in general;

-be able to compare and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of organizational behavior theories relevant to managers with human resource responsibilities;

-be able to critique and to apply organizational behavior theories and concepts to case studies and/or issues in their own workplaces;

– and be able to evaluate current organization practice and to develop strategies that may assist in the understanding and management of employee behavior.

There are three key themes to be addressed, all in relation to culturally diverse Australian organizations .

1. Identify, critically analyze and discuss the communication challenges that a leader would expect to encounter in culturally diverse Australian organizations . (Information; Critique; Application).

2. Critically discuss how leaders can confront the ethical issues related to culturally diverse work forces in Australian organizations ( Information; Critique; Application).

3. Identify and critically discuss the appropriate leadership models/styles for managing culturally diverse workplaces in Australian organizations(Information; Critique; Application).

4. Correct use of spelling, punctuation , grammar, syntax, and semantics ; well-organized structure; the use of academic style of writing and the correct use of APA6 referencing.

The assignment should be in the form of an academic essay. Use a concise title that reflects the key issues. Use appropriate subheadings to organize the material.

The essay should begin with an Introduction that orientates the reader towards how you are going to approach the material that you intend to cover. It provides a brief overview of the key questions, the logical progression of the argument, and main conclusion/s.
The Discussion section should integrate your research and ideas into key arguments.
The Conclusion should comment on the significance of the arguments in relation to the key issues and consider the implication for practice

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